PFS Presents: Praba Pilar Talk and Workshop next Tue Apr 19, Decolonizing Art Practices


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On behalf of the Performance Studies Group, I am thrilled to announce that we have an incredible artist/scholar and PFS alum, Praba Pilar, coming next Tuesday April 19 to present her work on Decolonizing Art Practices! Three events!
co-sponsored by Native American Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; and Cinema and Digital Media.

We are meeting to discuss her work Monday Apr 18, 12-1p Wright 220.
Link to short readings:
Pizza link:

Praba Pilar Talk: Tuesday Apr 19, 12-1p at Wright Hall 222

Mapping Identity: A Decolonizing Arts Practices Project
Free event, But be sure you sign in with this pizza link

In this talk, I share the process and art works created during a decolonizing youth art workshop I developed with Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Arts Gallery and Ndinawe Youth Resource Center in the North End of Winnipeg. For months, we explored concepts of mapping of identity artistically and methodologically, utilizing mind maps, land maps, conceptual maps, collage and digital media. We constructed maps of their histories, their current lives, their family and friends, their community and their migration. My goal was to explore decolonizing aesthetics with Aboriginal youth in Winnipeg, the Canadian city Canadian magazine MacLeans called “the most racist city in Canada,” so as to build knowledge of community constructed strategies to develop agency and autonomy.

Praba Pilar Workshop: Tue Apr 19, 4-7p at Wright Hall Lab A.
Decolonizing Art and Scholarly Practices Workshop

Quite apart from the framework of ‘diversity’ used by institutions, which leaves minority actors as “Others,” a decolonizing perspective interrogates the positionality of everyone present. Identifying and articulating relations to coloniality addresses continuing systemic and epistemic violence, leading to more productive approaches to building agency and autonomy. We will utilize embodied practices, reflection and dialogue.

Link to printable poster:

Future PFS events, all at noon unless otherwise noted:

Mon 25th Amber Muller

Tue 26th Kim Stanley Robinson, "You are a hedge fund"
King Law School 1301.

Wed 27th April: Brenda Dixon Gottschild 4pm Della
‘Racing’ in ‘Place’: Dance Studies and the Academy

Mon May 2- Nicole Peisl

Mon May 9 – Sarah Haughn

Mon May 16- Margaret Kemp

Mon May 23 – Nina Cole

FTR CFP 2016 Extended.pdf